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Canadiens riot

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MONTREAL - Montreal police said Tuesday that they expected to make more arrests following Monday night's riot after a Canadiens hockey win led to a riot downtown.

Sixteen people have already been arrested.

There were no major injuries, but one policewoman was slightly hurt during the incidents which occurred as fans leaving the Bell Centre took over the streets.

All those arrested were men, three were minors. Some 10 businesses were damaged as well as 16 cars. Some police vehicles were set ablaze during the incident and police estimate damages to their cars at about $500,000.

The 16 people arrested face a number of charges - including breaking and entering a business, armed assault on a police officer, mischief on a police vehicle, assault and various bylaw infractions.

Two 17-year-old males and another 14-year-old boy are among those arrested by police.

Police say they will be out in force after the next game, Thursday, and that they may shutdown some downtown streets.

Closing off public access to Ste. Catherine St. after playoff hockey games is a possibility to avoid violence in the future, said Montreal police Chief Yvan Delorme.

While refusing to talk specifically about strategy, Delorme hinted that shutting the street down was an option even before last night's melee.

"We have to work with the different merchants on Ste. Catherine St. We have to work together on that but it is a possibility in the future," Delorme said.

The incident broke out hours after the Montreal Canadiens eliminated the Boston Bruins from the NHL playoffs.

Bizarre behavior (a first round playoff victory spawning a riot??)... Shutting down streets is a pretty significant negative spillover.